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Earth Hour

In 2007, WWF-Australia inspired Sydney-siders to show their support for climate change action in the first ever Earth Hour event. It showed that everyone, from children to CEOs and politicians, has the power to change the world they live in. In Sydney, Australia, 2.2 million individuals and more than 2,000 businesses turned their lights out for one hour to take a stand against climate change.

In 2008, the plan was to take Earth Hour to the rest of Australia. But then the City of Toronto, Canada, signed up and it wasn’t long before 35 countries and almost 400 cities and towns were part of the event. It said something compelling to the world: that the climate challenges facing our planet are so significant that change needs to be global.

Many Centres promote and celebrate the recognition of Earth Hour by encouraging the public to reduce lighting requirements as well as switching existing lighting for more Dark Sky friendly options.

Earth Hour is celebrated each year on March 31st at 8:30pm local time. Sign up and show your support at the Earth Hour website.

Dark Sky Friendly Fixtures

The RASC is a strong advocate of Full Cut-Off (FCO) fixtures. The International Dark Sky Association (IDA) has links to manufacturers with FCO fixtures which are approved under their Dark Sky Friendly Seal of Approval program which is endorsed by the RASC.

The Bruce Peninsula Biosphere Association has compiled a list of Dark Sky Friendly lighting and where to get them in this document. They reference retail outlets in the Bruce Peninsula Region, but they can be ordered through other hardware stares in Canada.

Though not specific to dark sky friendly fixtures, a long list of outdoor lighting manufacturers are listed on the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) website. NEMA also publishes a white paper on outdoor lighting issues.

"Wall packs" are commonly used on the walls of commercial buildings. As they are typically employed in situations where separate post-mounted lamps should have been used, wall mounted luminaires tend to spray light far and because of this, most wall packs produce intense glare and light trespass. For relatively low level illumination, a Glare Buster may be a good alternative. Especially when it is to illuminate pedestrian walk ways. The lighting here is more inviting and produces almost no glare. So, pedestrian are more easily seen (and avoided) by drivers in the parking lot. There is at least one distributor in Canada (Luminescence Inc., 79TH Avenue, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, T6G 0P2 [Part of the ReLumen Group] Phone:(780) 426-6662 Fax:(780) 426-2935.

You may also learn from the material on the General Lighting Product and Component Information site.

Progress Lighting have a series of dark sky friendly lights. We have been told their products #5641, #5643, #5674 are quite good.

Starry Night Lights also have some full cut-off sconces.

FCO (Full Cut Off) Luminaires - online survey

The intent of this list is to act as a resource for individuals who want to effectively spread the good word of environmentally friendly lighting.

There are four subsets on the list. The first, observed FCO - FCO luminaires that are seen going up anywhere in any amount. The second group is for communities with verified developer or municipal language, i.e. development codes. The third set is for those communities creating lighting bylaws that would be eco friendly, not just with FCO luminaires either. For example lighting restrictions and so forth. The fourth is a listing of communities that have FCO Bylaws in place.

 

Observed FCO Streetlight Luminaires  Verified FCO Street Light Policy   FCO Development Stds/Policies  FCO Bylaws
       
Hampton Village, SK Prince George, Bc Essex, ON Richmond Hill, ON
Yorkton, SK British Columbia Highways LaSalle, ON Saanich, BC
Mission Ridges Estates,   SK Calgary, AB Abbotsford, ON Mississippi Mills, ON
Pentiction, BC Essex, ON Windsor, ON Manitoulin Twnsp., ON
Cambridge, ON Kingsville, ON Kingston, ON  
St.Catherines, ON Leamington, ON    
London, ON Amherstburg, ON    
Springbrook, ON LaSalle, ON    
Pickering, ON Tecumseh, ON    
Kingston, ON Lakeshore, ON    
Brockville , ON Trent, ON    
Clarington, ON Peterborough, ON    
       
       

Images of NON-Compliant LED Street lighting

Images taken by Wayne Liebau (Welland, Ontario)

 



 

Images of the underside of the fixture, side views and on a pole.

 

There are a growing number of energy-efficient, carbon-friendly ways of producing light pollution. And the above light in question is a good example!

There are numerous agencies that are talking about carbon footprint (Suzuki, Gore, Earth Day, Earth Hour, PowerSmart (a branch of BC Hydro), and while carbon and climate are extremely important, some carbon saving measures actually increase light pollution. For example, replacing a bare 60 watt incandescent outdoor bulb with a 26 watt compact fluorescent bulb will receive applause from the above agencies and yet it will increase light pollution, because a 26 watt CFB (compact fluorescent bulb) puts out the equivalent of 100 watts of light.

 

 Examples Of Good Lighting from Manufacturers  Examples of Bad Lighting from Manufacturers
Green Earth Lighting Solar Lighting from Carmanah
Starry Night Lights  
Beacon Products  
Luxim Corporation